Concrete offers tremendous advantages for building construction. It provides lower floor to floor heights for mid and high structures and offers great opportunities for creativity. Better yet, concrete is sustainable because it is durable, inherently resistant to fire and insects, and provides thermal mass that can reduce energy consumption.
Built in 1932, the Bixby Bridge in Big Sur is a testament to the beauty and longevity of concrete. The reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge gracefully spans Bixby Creek and is a gem of this beautiful stretch of California State Highway 1.
Pervious concrete is a low impact development solution for harvesting rainwater and reducing harmful stormwater runoff. It simultaneously acts as a pavement for cars and pedestrians. Pervious concrete can be very efficient when detention basins can be eliminated or compared to complex stormwater pollution prevention systems.
Concrete pavements provide excellent life cycle value and other inherent benefits. These benefits include lower maintenance, improved reflectivity to reduce urban temperatures and lighting requirements. An added benefit is that research has shown concrete pavements for streets and highways provide improved fuel efficiency for cars and trucks.
Portland cement has a long history of use in below-grade applications to stabilize weak, wet and variable soils for infrastructure and in cellular concrete above grade. Cement also provides its unique characteristics to dams, spillways and levees.
The California Nevada Cement Association provides technical resources and education opportunities for a variety of cement-based solutions. Member companies are cement producers and shippers in these two states.